Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Corey Haim, 1971-2010. R.I.P.

Actor Corey Haim died this morning of a suspected accidental drug overdose. He was 38.

Haim's acting career began in his native Canada on the 1980s CBC TV show The Edison Twins.
He would eventually make his way to Hollywood where he made a strong impression with a starring role in the 1986 film Lucas with Winona Ryder and Charlie Sheen. Film critic Roger Ebert was effusive in his praise Haim's performance in Lucas:

He creates one of the most three-dimensional, complicated, interesting characters of any age in any recent movie. If he can continue to act this well, he will never become a half-forgotten child star, but will continue to grow into an important actor. He is that good.

After starring in the short-lived NBC comedy series Roomies, Haim appeared in his best known movie The Lost Boys with Kiefer Sutherland, Dianne Wiest and Corey Feldman. Haim and Feldman would then star in a series of low budget teen movies becoming known as "The Two Coreys." However, Haim's career would be sidetracked by drug abuse and he never became the important actor Ebert thought he would become.

Haim would reunite with Feldman for the reality series The Two Coreys which aired on A&E in 2007 and 2008. However, the series was discontinued due to Haim's ongoing problems with substance abuse. At the time of his death, Haim had been working on a horror film called The Dead Sea. He also had recently completed the film The Science of Cool with Mischa Barton, another troubled thespian.

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